Cricket to return in November

Valleys will be the sole Cowra side in the Lachlan Premier League competition.
Valleys will be the sole Cowra side in the Lachlan Premier League competition.

Leather will meet willow again in Cowra and the region with plans to get both the A Grade and B Grade competitions underway on November 6.

Cowra and District Cricket Association President, Scott Wilson, said it was pleasing to have the top tier competition return with the opening rounds possibly held under lights at Parkes' Woodward Oval.

"Parkes had their meeting last night, they will have three sides and Cowra will have one," he said.

"So the Premier League will go ahead, there's no real interest from Forbes to join it and it's unfortunate we aren't going to field two sides.

"But I think it's a sign of the times and the changing landscape of sport unfortunately.

"We have been seeing it with other sports, so it's good to be having the Premier League still go ahead."

He said it was also pleasing to see the B Grade competition going ahead despite the loss of some teams.

"The B Grade competition is going ahead and we'll have four sides," he said.

"We started with six last year, but Grenfell has combined into one side and Burrangong has gone back to the Young competition.

"It will hopefully be a bit of a stronger B Grade comp with only the one first grade side.

"Bowling Club B Grade will be a bit stronger this year and the Morongla side is a bit older, Valleys will be around and Grenfell as always."

Wilson said there were still plans for a social competition but COVID had affected its implementation.

"We haven't got that far yet because of COVID and its restrictions, but hopefully we'll get to run it later in the year," he said.

"Ideally I'd like to be running it this time of year but COVID and the uncertainty around a start date, it made it a bit hard.

"We also have to work it around business house golf and other social comps as well."

He said those taking part in this year's competitions needed to remember the restrictions were still in place.

"We are pretty lucky we are able to start, given where the state was a few months back," he said.

"So we'll see how it goes and roll with the punches.

"But those taking part need to be double vaccinated until December 1, and then it opens up.

"It's also the same sort of stuff (as last year), logging in and not sharing gear or wiping down gear if it has to be shared."

With a few weeks to go until the season kicks off, Wilson said there was still time for people to get involved.

"There will be sides definitely looking for players, you can never have too many," he said.

Anyone interested in playing can contact these club contacts:

Morongla Cricket Club: Andrew Wilson - 0427 832 788

Bowling Club: Chris Day - 0411 833 509

Valleys: Greg Garlick - 0419 288 579

Grenfell: Craig Smith - 0418 555 724